Blockchain: Revolutionizing Banking and Beyond

Discover how blockchain is changing banking forever! Explore the future of finance and unlock economic potential. #InnovationAtPlay


Since the dawn of the industrial revolution, automation has been a driving force in exponential business growth. Companies ranging from Ford in the early 1900s to Amazon in the 21st century have used automation to revolutionize manufacturing and logistics. Now, a new frontier is opening up for automation, powered by blockchain technology. This innovation offers particularly compelling applications for data-focused and high-frequency trading industries, which have traditionally relied on cumbersome, manual compliance checks. The following outlines three promising banking use-cases that could be transformed by blockchain technology.

Tokenized Deposits

In a post-COVID economic climate characterized by hyperinflation and low liquidity, interbank transfers, international wires, repo transactions, and dividend distributions have become increasingly critical. Financial institutions are on the hunt for efficient solutions to handle growing demand and mitigate higher overnight interest rates. Major players like JP Morgan, Mastercard, and the Bank of England are exploring the use of decentralized ledgers for more efficient transactions. The advantages are evident: quicker settlement times and reduced transactional costs. Andrew Bailey, the Governor of the Bank of England, refers to this as "enhanced digital money," signaling a potential revolution in the traditional financial ecosystem.

Programmatic Valuations

Commercial real estate is a massive global asset class, yet its valuation methods are often opaque and outdated. By using blockchain technology for tokenization, we can standardize valuation methodologies and financial models. Automated financial reporting can provide real-time insights into property valuations. This not only allows for more precise risk assessment but also significantly speeds up transactions like acquisitions and capital formation. Companies such as Inveniam are already leading the way in this domain.

Illiquid Asset Tokenization

Traditionally, assets like private collections, private equities, fund LP interests, and accounts receivable contracts have been difficult to finance. Though valuable and often generating consistent cash flows, these assets are hard to trade due to a lack of standardized valuation methods. Using blockchain for tokenization could transform this by establishing trust and transparent valuation mechanics. In doing so, firms can expand their capital resources, utilizing these assets as viable collateral. While companies are still exploring tokenization and mainstream adoption hasn’t happened yet, doing so could facilitate multi-billion-dollar financing structures.


The potential of blockchain technology extends beyond simple transactions; it offers a pathway to streamline cumbersome and outdated processes in various financial sectors. By adopting blockchain for applications like tokenized deposits, programmatic valuations, and illiquid asset tokenization, financial institutions could unlock hundreds of billions of dollars in economic productivity.

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